As if you couldn’t be more annoyed by the Roseanne reboot that no one asked for, this week’s episode took an unnecessary jab at fellow ABC comedies, black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat.
Here’s the line from “Roseanne Gets the Chair,” which many referred to as “nasty” on social media:
Roseanne: We slept from Wheel to Kimmel.
Dan: We missed a lot of shows about Black and Asian families.
Roseanne: They’re just like us. Now you’re all caught up.
In an effort to represent “middle America,” the network has completely missed the mark, and seemingly the writers room as well, for this not only unnecessary jab, but one that has the audacity to compare what the show represents to the plight of black and brown families.
The line stirred folks up on social media:
I’m sure it reflects poorly on me that I wrote a relatively positive review of “Roseanne” and have generally stood by it, but tonight’s snide dismissal of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “black-ish” is probably my bridge too far.
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) April 4, 2018
the nerve of roseanne to take potshots at black-ish and fresh off the boat. we never needed another roseanne. we DO need diversity on television.
— zoë owens (@punkrockzo) April 4, 2018
It is hard to believe this comes from the same network that did this:
Coincidentally we listed both black-ish and FOTB as 9 sitcoms that accurately represent America instead of Roseanne.
Earlier on Wednesday, it was revealed that black-ish creator Kenya Barris could be exiting his overall deal at ABC after the network pulled an episode which would have talked about the state of race in the country and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee.